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Review: What IS Sex? by Alenka Zupančič

The Lacanian philosopher Alenka Zupančič’ new book What IS Sex? (2017) is Zupančič at her absolute finest. Zupančič compellingly destabilizes any notion you might have of a sound ontological foothold in the world. One does not simply be with Zupančič. Rather than reject human sexuality as something for the meanderings of sexologists or scoffingly dismissed… Keep Reading

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Review: Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School, originally printed in 1984, came out earlier this year on Penguin’s Modern Classics, an imprint founded by Penguin Books in 1961 to supplement their series of “Classics”, which was launched in 1946 with a new translation of the Iliad. Their lists of books are important works in… Keep Reading

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Review: Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-right (2017) is at once insightful and ambitious, but also somewhat hubristic and perhaps too narrow in focus. In the book, Nagle explores the relationships between particular internet subcultures and the rise of right-wing nationalist politics, particularly in the… Keep Reading

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Review: Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

We were recording this month’s episode of the Ark Audio Book Club when Tim asked: “are there any white characters in this book apart from the protagonist?” None of us could think of any, but of course now, days later, I realise the book is overrun with white people. Kafka and Freud are referenced so… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s Bluets: a (wavy) review

I am finishing Bluets while listening to the waves in Hiroshi’s Yoshimura Teevee, included (ironically) on the album Green (1986). My heart skips a beat when I turn the page after proposition 240 and I see a blank page: the book is over, there are no more propositions left for me to read. At least… Keep Reading

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Review: “Satin Island” by Tom Mccarthy

Tom Mccarthy’s recent novel Satin Island (2015), is a Kafkaesque tale narrated by a corporate anthropologist named U who has been tasked to produce the Great Anthropological Report of our times. Instead, or perhaps because of his task, he becomes enamoured with the aesthetics of oil spills, the possibility of a serial killer of skydivers… Keep Reading

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

It was my grandfather who clued me on to The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. He had seen the author on TV and, inspired by my recent invitation to read books and discuss them together, suggested that we start with this one. I am not quite sure I will forgive him for that one extremely… Keep Reading

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Review: The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

I first read The Outsider by Albert Camus when I was an angsty teenager and understood close to none of it. I knew the book was famous and expected it to A) assert definite truths about the world, and B) be very long. As it fulfilled neither of these expectations I felt it had failed… Keep Reading

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